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Reading Puts The World In Your Hands

Read Across America Day is this Wednesday March 2, 2022.

Read Across America Day.....calls upon everyone to read and engage with children to make reading a more fun and interactive experience. From the time when the building blocks of our character are laid, to adulthood when we seek to escape from the humdrum of daily life in the pages of a book, reading plays an integral role in shaping us into who we are. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, it is more essential than ever to motivate children to read.

Reading Is Essential For Academic Success

There is no question about the importance and the benefits of being a good reader.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 83%, or 6.6 million low-income American children, are at an increased risk of dropping out of high school because they can’t read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Research shows

1. Reading Expands the Mind

2. Reading develops the imagination and allows us to dream and think in ways that we would have never been able to before.

3. Reading Allows for Creative Thinking

4. Reading Helps Improve Concentration

5. Reading Can Give You a Greater Perspective

6. Reading Can Help You Destress

7. Reading Can Provide a Sense of Belonging

8. Reading is a Great Conversation Starter

9. Reading Helps Your Vocabulary

Overall - reading can change your life for the better offering new opportunities to learn, grow and be inspired!

Each State Has A Frist Book Favorite

Ok, so let's all read...but read what?  Grand Canyon University (GCU) has the answer.  They recently did the deep dive on the internet to determine the Most Popular Children's Book by State

I'm waaaay past being able to remember a favorite childhood book but the folks at Time and Publisher's Weekly to put together a list of 44 of the most popular children’s books of all time.  Despite the "controversy", Dr. Seuss' Cat In The Hat was the paws down winner with 8 states choosing that classic.  The next three books were favored by four states each -- The Porky Little Puppy, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and Harold and The Purple Crayon.

Northwest Readers Love These Books

What are the kids in the Pacific Northwest readngi and enjoying most?

In Oregon it's - Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Idaho prefers - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

And Washington's Choice - Harold and the Purple Crayon

These great books truly are "claasics'" with 3 of the 4 books published in 1957 or earlier!

KEEP READING: What were the most popular baby names from the past 100 years?